A new book has just come out , the autobiography of Jimmy Donnelly, or Jimmy the Weed, a leading face in the so-called Quality Street Gang. He mentions Bobby Critchley, who it transpires that he was the big man in Manchester during te 40`s and 50`s. He also gives mention to many of the faces of Manchester. Now I know about a man whom information has been very thin on the ground. I believed his name was Tainey, but in fact it is Tierney. Mick Tierney was known as "The Terror", lived in Moss Side, and provided protection for some of the shebeens or illegal drinking dens. This, apparently, was his main source of income. Makes a nonsense of the talk of a "Criminal Organisation"
There is no mention of Critchley having a brother. It alo seems that Tierney was to have ahd a straightener with Jimmy Swords, the pivotal figure in the QSG. Tierney, it appears, "did not fancy it".
Let us hope that it promps more books about the other major cities that have their own underworlds, and get away from London.